Ongoing Children's Programs


Learn more about "Reading to the Dogs" & "Reading to the Cat and Dogs" - Read the article below the monthly children's department news to learn more about these programs.  Check the monthly news to learn the date and location of the reading sessions. There are no programs in May or August.  Registration is always required by the day before the reading session.  You may register by phone or in person.

Lapsit is a program for babies & toddlers who are too young to sit quietly for the regular story time and their parents or other caregivers.  Mondays at 10:30 am and 11:15 am in the Children's Program Room. It is lead by Mrs.  Amanda Bean, who taught first grade at Cumberland Elementary school for 4 years before becoming a mom. This is a good opportunity for families to learn songs and fingerplays with their children, listen to new stories for very young children, and make new friends and have fun at the library.

Story time is held each Tuesday at 10:30 am, Thursday at 4:00 pm, and Friday at 10:30 am in the Children's Program Room. Come and listen to Miss Linda read stories and help children create a craft. Parents and caregivers are expected to attend with their children. Programs are designed for 2 to 5 year olds, but older children are welcome to attend. 

Many other special programs are held throughout the year.  Check the montly newsletters at the children's desk and online.

Children's Department News - July 2016




Preschool story times: Tuesday & Friday: 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays at 4:00   

Story times are for children ages 2 and older and their families or caregivers.

Location:  Children’s Activity Room.  No Registration.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Lap Sit is back! We now have a leader for the lap sit for July.  Miss Camille will read stories and teach songs to babies, toddlers, and their parents or care-givers.  There will also be time to play with the toys and socialize.   Times:  10:30 and 11:15.  Children’s Activity Room.  Free; no registration.

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*** The library will be closed on July 3rd & 4th in observance of  Independence Day. ***


Summer Reading Club:  



               Reminder:  Children enrolled in the summer reading club are encouraged to read and collect their prizes during July.  (The last day to register is July 16.) Children may collect reading club prizes until August 13 Come in soon for the best selection of prizes!


Summer Reading Program Special Events @ the WLPL - July, 2016


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     All programs are free and do not require registration.  They are for all children and their families or care-givers.  Children do not need to be participants in the Summer Reading Club to attend these activities.  For more information, please check the children’s page of the website or ask a staff member at the children’s desk the week before the event is scheduled to occur.

Children 8 years old & younger must be accompanied by an adult.

All programs will be held in the Walnut & Elm Rooms (2nd floor).

All programs begin at 2 p.m. & last for 1 hour unless noted by **.

The doors to the Walnut & Elm Rooms will open at the time the program is listed to begin.  If you arrive early, please go to the children’s area and explore our large collection of books and movies while you wait.  Do not wait in the teen department on the second floor, as that area is reserved for teens.  For safety reasons, please do not wait on the stairs.  Thank you!

***No programs on July 2nd or 6th – Independence Day Break***

**Saturday, July 9                   Lego Club (1 to 2:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, July 13               LOVE Sculpture/Stamp Project with Kathy Trout of ArtSmart Indiana.  Children will use a four letter word relating to Indiana to create a unique project.

Saturday, July 16                    On your Mark, Get Set, Fly!  (Paper Airplane Day)  Children will make paper airplanes and fly them in the amphitheater, which is next to the Northwestern Ave. entrance to the library.  Weather permitting, they will make their own targets with chalk on the bricks of the amphitheater.

**Wednesday, July 20          Lego Club (2 - 3:30 p.m.)

Saturday, July 23                  On your Mark, Get Set, Dance! (Disney Dancing Day) Children will exercise their bodies and minds through dance.  Joselyn Cooks, from

                                                     Morton Center Dance Troupe, will lead a workshop in which the girls and boys will learn how to prepare their bodies to dance, learn some simple dance steps, and dance to Disney songs.

Wednesday, July 27            Fitness Fun with Miss Gabi of Miracle Fitness.  Be ready to move and exercise your body and mind with Miss Gabi.  Fun for everyone!


July Events that are not part of the Summer Reading Club

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Reading to the Dogs!

Saturday, July 30th; Time:  2 to 3 p.m.  Place:  Walnut & Elm Rooms

Registration required by Friday, July 29th

               Presented by members of Therapy Dogs International.  Come and read to a certified therapy dog.  Readers should bring a book from home or select one when they arrive at the library. This program is for children ages 4 and older.

Please note:  Visitors, other than the parents and siblings of children who are reading to the dogs, are welcome to greet the dogs and talk to therapy dog team members only at 3 p.m., so that the readers are not disturbed



The staff of the children’s department would like to thank all the people, organizations, and businesses who helped make our summer a success:  Bess Witcosky, Kim Fields, LaVerne Mikhail, Joselyn Cooks, Nick Schenkel, Kathy Trout, Beth Will, the Friends of the West Lafayette Public Library, Applebee’s, Arni’s, Arrowhead Bowl, Cold Stone Creamery, Hot Box Pizza, Insomnia Cookies, Malone’s Gymnastics, Miracle Fitness, Penguin Random House Publishing Company, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Subway,  West Lafayette Parks and Recreation, and all the teen volunteers who registered children and gave them prizes in the children’s department. 

  We would not be able to have such high quality programs without their help.





June 2016 Children's Department News

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Preschool story times: Tuesday & Friday: 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
Story times are for children ages 2 and older and their families or caregivers.
Location: Children's Activity Room. No Registration
Please note: This is NOT a drop off program. An adult must accompany children at the story time.

Lap sit is back on Mondays at 10:30 and 11:15!
Babies, toddlers, and their parents or caregivers are invited to gather in the activity room for stories and  music with Miss Camille, our summer lap sit leader.  Make new friends and play with the library's collection of toys, too.  Free; no registration
The return of LAPSIT will be announced on posters in the children's area and on this web page.

Activities for children in June – Not part of the Summer Reading Program


Reading to the Bunny and Dogs!
Saturday, June 18; Time: 2 to 3 p.m. Place: Walnut & Elm Rooms
Important: Registration is required by Friday, June 17.
Presented by members of Caring Paws. Come and read to a certified therapy rabbit or dog. Readers should bring a book from home or select one when they arrive at the library. This program is for children ages 4 and older.



2016 Summer Reading Program:




                                                                                                                                                                                      Our summer reading program is for children who are age 1 through those who have just completed grade 6.

Participants will receive a bag, a bookmark, and a reading record form on which they will list the books they read or the time they spend reading during the summer. Parents of pre-school children will record the titles of books that they read to their children.

Registration for the summer reading club began on May 23 & will continue through July 16th. The first day to collect prizes will be June 6 & the last day will be August 13. Children may record books they read from May 23 through July 31.

For a welcome to summer reading, the library and Morton Center will host a performance of "My Plate the Musical" by the Minnetrista Theatre Preserves from Muncie, Indiana, who also performed at the 2015 Family Fun Day. The free performance will be held in the multi-purpose room of Morton center on Saturday, June 4, at 2 p.m. No tickets will be required.  Doors will open at 1:45 p.m.

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Summer Reading Program Special Events in June, 2016

 All programs are free and do not require registration. They are for all children and their families or care-givers. Children do not need to be participants in the Summer Reading Club to attend these activities. For more information, please check posters in the children's department or ask a staff member at the children's desk the week before the event is scheduled  to occur.  All programs will be held in the Walnut & Elm Rooms (2nd floor) unless noted 

All programs begin at 2 p.m. & last 1 hour unless noted by **

Wednesday, June 1: Musical Instrument Craft Day
Bring an oatmeal container and an empty (dry) water bottle to make simple musical instruments.
Saturday, June 4:    "My Plate the Musical" by Minnetrista Theatre Preserves 

*Morton Center Multipurpose Room  Doors will open @ 1:45 p.m.

After running low on fuel, Captain Gnosh of the USS MYPLATE II crash lands his spacecraft on a nearby planet. Fortunately, Gnosh finds himself in the middle of an Inter-Galactic Farmers Market run by the friendly Nom-Nom aliens of Nutrition V. Quickly, Gnosh must learn how to fuel up his food powered ship with a well-balanced, nutritional meal if he has any hopes of dueling the planet-gobbling alien Glut, and saving earth from total destruction.

Allow your children to sing, dance, and show Gnosh how to balance a healthy plate in this highly interactive theatre production. Spectacular sets, interesting characters, and all original music will engage children and families in this thrilling tale.

Performances are 45 minutes—followed by a 15-minute Q & A session with the actors


Wednesday, June 8:   Yoga for Kids with Kim Fields, Yoga Instructor for W. L. Department of Parks & Recreation   (Note:  Bring a towel or yoga mat.)  **Saturday, June 11:  Lego Club (1 to 2:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 15:   Art Meets Science – Build & decorate a balloon powered car.
**Wednesday, June 22:   Lego Club (2 - 3:30 p.m.)

Saturday, June 25:  On Your Mark, Get Set, Upcycle!
Bring a clean, used t-shirt and turn it into a book bag. Special permanent fabric markers will be available for decorating the bags, so wear old clothes.
**Wednesday, June 29:  Movie @ 2 p.m. followed by a craft session. Children will create animals with fruits and vegetables and then take them home or eat them in the program rooms. Posters with the title of  the movie will be displayed at the library by the middle of June. We are not allowed to publicize movie titles outside of the library. (Ending time for the event will be approximately 4 p.m.)

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Reading to the Dogs & Cat

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Reading to the Cat and Dogs! and Reading to the Dogs!

     At the West Lafayette Public Library, we are very fortunate to have members of two different therapy animal organizations bring their registered therapy animals to the library about 9 or 10 times a year. Children reserve a 15 minute time period for reading to the therapy animals. They may check out books at the library to read or bring favorite books from home. The reading dates are announced on the children's web page, in the children's department newsletter, and on posters in the children's department. At the end of the reading session, families with children who are not yet reading are welcome to visit the animals and talk to their partners.  When people first hear about reading to therapy animals, their usual response is "Why would anyone want to read to a dog?" or "Do the dogs really listen?" The members of the Caring Paws organizations believe that dogs have a calming effect on most children and have helped children improve their read-a-loud skills.

     Therapy animals have been coming to the WLPL for 8 years.  The children's department is very happy to sponsor this popular program and appreciates greatly the people who volunteer time to bring their much-loved pets to the library.  The animals come about 9 times a year.  Please check the events section of the children's web site to learn when the next visit will be.

About Caring Paws

     Caring Paws is a non-profit, volunteer organization based in the Greater Lafayette area.  Caring Paws members visit nursing homes, retirement centers, schools, hospitals, and libraries seeking trained and registered therapy animals to interact with their patients, residents, and students.

     All Caring Paws volunteer teams have been evaluated by a major national animal therapy organization, Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society).  With a registered therapy animal, a facility can be assured of a visit from a pet and partner who will provide a safe and enjoyable experience.

     The teams that are insured by Pet Partners present the "Reading to the Cat and Dogs!" programs. Some of the animals who visit the library are the cat, Grizzley, and the dogs Breeze, Calvin, Neville, and Sydney.

     For more information, please contact the Caring Paws web site: or the Pet Partners site:

     All therapy animals are current on vaccinations and insured by the groups.


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Therapy Dogs International (TDI)

     Therapy Dogs International (TDI) was formed in 1976 in New Jersey so that dogs could be certified, insured and registered as volunteer Therapy Dogs. All registered dogs have been tested for therapy dog work by certified TDI evaluators and are current on vaccinations. While many dogs provide companionship in the home, not all dogs are qualified or have the temperament suited to be a therapy dog.

      TDI Chapter 267 is a Greater Lafayette Chapter of Therapy Dogs International. Our local volunteer teams visit schools, mental health facilities, nursing homes, camps for children and are wonderful tail waggin' tutors at library reading programs. For more information about our organization, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

      At the WLPL, our program is publicized as "Reading to the Dogs."  Some of the dogs who visit the library are Daisy, Champ, Frankie, Java, Jill, & Sugar.  TDI members also present a program on dog safety about once a year, as a service to our community.



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